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Lavender

Lavandula officinalis
 

Lavender

 

Description: Some 25 aromatic evergreen perennials and shrubs found throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Rich in volatile oils, lavender and humans have a long history together.

 

Lavender can be grown in your garden or potted on a patio or deck.

Family: Lamiaceae

Synonyms: none known

Origin: Mediterranean, Middle East and India

Parts Used: dried flowers

Aroma Description: sweet, floral, herbaceous, with balsamic and woody undertones

Emotional Attributes: love, happiness, cleansing/purifying, relaxing, soothes the mind and body for a restful night's sleep

Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; potpourri, creams, lotions, body oils, soaps, shampoos, bath oils, salts, etc.

Culinary Uses: fresh flowers are crystallized and added to salads, jams and jellies, ice cream, vinegar, soups, stews, marinades, herbal teas

Medicinal Attributes: tonic herb, antiseptic, anti-depressant. Used to relax spasms, relieve anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, depression, tension headaches and migraines. Treats burns, wounds, sunburn, rheumatism, skin disorders, muscular pain, insect bites, etc.

Element Association: Air

Magical Associations: healing, protection, peace

Astrological Association: Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius

Planetary Association: Mercury

Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled oil from fresh flowers. Concretes and Absolutes are also widely available.

Season: Spring, Summer

Aromatic Note: Middle to Top note

Mixes Well With: aloeswood, bay laurel, benzoin, burgundy pitch, chamomile, clovesenceliafrankincense, galbanum, guggul, iris root, juniper, labdanum, lemon balm, lemongrass, marjoram, mastic, musk seeds, mugwort, myrrh, nutmeg, oakmoss, opoponax, patchouli, palo santo wood, pine needle, pine resin, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, spikenard, star anise, storax, sage-desert, sage-white, sweetgrass, thyme, tonka beans, valerian root, etc.

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